Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller (Review & Giveaway)

ISBN: 9780784212550

About the book: Yearning for a fresh start, Ewan McKay travels with his aunt and uncle from northern Scotland to West Virginia, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial assistance from his uncle Hugh. Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, but it's Ewan who gets the business up and running again. Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man---a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Besides, Ewan has resolved he'll focus on making the brickmaking operation enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work may come to naught. As his plans begin to crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. She and her mother may have a way to save the brickworks, and in turn Ewan may have another shot at winning Laura's heart.

My thoughts: I found The Brickmaker's Bride interesting in its treatment of Scotch-Irish immigrants and their treatment by society and the general populace during this post Civil-War period.  The story features Ewan, a Scotch-Irish immigrant who had been brought to America by his Uncle Hugh for the sole purpose of purchasing and operating a brick making refinery.

Judith Miller created a complexity of characters for this story. Margaret the brash, rude, and frankly unbelievable wife of Uncle Hugh. Ewan who is a noble man in character, kind, patient, hard working, and knowledgeable about business and the workings of the brick factory. Winston, the banker is courting the leading lady, Laura, and he is a snob, a political wanna-be, and a general clout. And of course, Laura's mother who is gracious, generous, and kind.

At times during the reading, I grew weary of the characters and their behavior; but as the story progressed, I enjoyed it and grew to appreciate the detail Judith Miller had taken to create their individual temperaments and behaviors.

The story ends rather abruptly and I would have liked to have had some more details fleshed out or resolved. But perhaps the author is planning on revealing those in a subsequent book. We shall look forward to that possibility.

GIVEAWAY: Now you have an opportunity to win your very own copy provided compliments of Litfuse on behalf of the publisher and author. Begins November 8 & ENDS November 21 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. Open for USA addresses only.
Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling,  visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.

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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. The giveaway copy is also provided by Litfuse who will send the prize directly to the winner.


  1. I have not read any of her work yet.

  2. I have read A Shining Light and I really liked it
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  3. I have not read any of Judith's books, but I would like to.

  4. No, I have not yet read any of her books.

  5. I liked the Bells of Lowell series and The Carousel Painter.

  6. I read the Broadmoor Legacy series and enjoyed that very much. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I haven't read Judith Miller yet. I love historical fiction so would love to win!


  8. I have not yet read any of her books.

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  9. No, I have not read any of Judith Miller's books. But I am looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  10. I have read the Freedom's Path books.

  11. Feedom's Path series, Home to Amana Series
    ,Postcards from Pullman series thse are the books I have read by Judith Miller. Her books I can tell are very well researched and I know she really loves to write. It's reflected in her work.

  12. I have read To Honor and Trust (Bridal Veil Island, Bk 3), which Judith co-wrote with Tracie Peterson. I enjoyed it.


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